California Arts Council 18-19 Budget Update

In the May budget Revision, Governor Jerry Brown added $5 million one time funding in the Arts Council’s budget. On May 24th, the legislature voted to increase the Arts Council’s budget by $5 million one time funding over the May Revision, for a total

of $25.1 million in general fund support for the California Arts Council in the 18-19 budget year. Stay tuned for the next step in the arts council budget process.
In the meantime, please reach out to our legislators and Governor Jerry Brown to thank them for their ongoing support of arts and culture.
Here is an example of a message you might wish to send:

Dear ______________,

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Governor Jerry Brown and the Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees for proposing and advancing a significant increase in funding for the California Arts Council for 2019! Thank you for your ongoing investment in the arts and culture. Every county—rural, urban, and suburban—receives funding to offer arts experiences to ALL, including underserved populations, at risk youth, veterans, children, families and senior citizens. All have benefited from the more than 1,000 grants made last year to local organizations that know their communities and how to engage them.

And spread the word that the California Arts Advocates are hard at work to advance the arts, culture and creativity in California and have continued to successfully influence additional funding to support California Arts Council programs.

Please see the list below to find your representatives. If you are not sure who is your representative, click here.

Legislator Roster List


District California State Senator Contact Information
36 Senator Patricia C Bates Email
38 Senator Joel Anderson Email
39 Senator Toni Atkins Email
40 Senator Ben Hueso Email


District California State Assembly Contact Information
67 Assembly Member Melissa Melendez Email
71 Assembly Member Randy Voepel Email
75 Assembly Member Marie Waldron Email
76 Assembly Member Rocky Chavez Email
77 Assembly Member Brian Maienschein Email
78 Assembly Member Todd Gloria Email
79 Assembly Member Shirley Weber Email
80 Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher Email